Emily Grove recorded the second-best pole vault mark in Division I this season on Saturday as the South Dakota track and field teams wrapped up competition at the Iowa State Classic.
Grove won the pole vault with a mark of 14 feet, 4 inches while teammate Bethany Firsick cleared 14-0 for second-place. USD’s Madison Mills finished fifth while competing unattached with a mark of 12-8¼. Grove’s height is second only to Kaitlin Petrillose of Texas, who vaulted 14-7¼ at the New Mexico Classic on Feb. 7. Firsick’s season-best height of 14-1¾ currently is tied for eighth in Division I.
Following a second-place finish in Friday’s preliminaries, Teivaskie Lewin finished second in the men’s 60-meter hurdles finals with a time of 7.98 seconds. Nebraska’s Oladapo Akinmoladuh won with a time of 7.95. Brandon Kovash, who qualified for the men’s 60-meter finals by placing sixth in the prelims, finished sixth in the 60 finals with a time of 6.92.
The 4x400-meter relay team of Christian Nielsen, Jeff O’Connell, Lukas Bernard and Casey Shade finished sixth with a league best time of 3:16.35. It was the second time the Coyote men set a league-best time at the meet. Jeff Mettler set a league-best and a school record in the men’s 5,000 on Friday with a time of 14:07.71, breaking the previous school record of 14:14.09 set by Matt Hoyt in 2000.
In the men’s shot put, Cody Snyder was eighth with a 55-10½ mark and Kyle McKelvey was ninth with a 54-10¾ mark. Kayla Johnson was 10th in the women’s shot put with a personal-best mark of 45-1¾.
In the triple jump, Ashley Thompson placed seventh in the women’s event with a season-best mark of 38-10½ and Connor Fitzsimmons finished eighth in the men’s event with a 44-0½ mark.
In unseeded races, Rachel Weinandt finished sixth in the women’s 800 (2:20.20), Nicole Schmidt placed sixth (2:59.95) while Jessica Feldman placed seventh (3:00.60) in the women’s 1,000 and Mach Dojiok was eighth in the men’s 800 (1:54.75).
USD will next compete on Friday when they host the USD Open in the DakotaDome.
Courtesy: Jarrod Tell, Assistant Sports Information Director/Video Coordinator, University of South Dakota